Myara completed The Writer’s Studio in 2006. She was drawn to it, in part, because it was part-time—she knew she wanted to be a writer, but she didn’t want to quit her job to do it. The Writer’s Studio was a perfect solution.
When Myara began The Writer’s Studio, she thought she’d be studying creative writing. She soon realized she was doing much more—she was joining a rich community of writers.
“The Writer’s Studio really focused on the community aspect of writing—being in the program connected me with a strong group of writers all working towards a shared goal,” she says.
Myara’s mentor was Wayde Compton, who currently directs The Writer’s Studio. “He really encouraged us to develop close ties with each other—circles that would extend beyond the length of the program,” she says.
Years after graduating from The Writer’s Studio, Myara continued to meet with two of her fellow writers from the program, Vaughan Chapman and Sarah Turner. Even as she went on to complete her MFA at the University of British Columbia, she continued to rely on them for support and encouragement.
This helped Myara stay motivated and focused on her writing. “We would hold each other to goals like finishing a chapter by the end of the week,” she says. “Sort of like taking a buddy to the gym.”
Her recent contest success suggests the support has paid off.
Her next step?
“Finish my book of short stories and have it published.”